Coaches recognised at Appreciation Night, strengthening coaching community
27 November 2017
By Nicolette Mok
It might have been an unusual setting for a first-ever Coaches Appreciation Night, but party venue Zouk turned out to be a location as ideal as any other.
Organised by the recently launched CoachSG, SportSG’s academy of coaching and leadership, the celebratory event was aimed at honouring the coaches of 29th SEA Games and 9th ASEAN Para Games (APG) medallists.
Medallions of appreciation prepared for the coaches on appreciation night. Photo: SportSG
Although these typically stern-faced instructors started the night looking a little awkward outside of the sporting arenas that they were so familiar with, they were soon letting their hair down and chatting with old friends.
Archery coach Rachel Sng, who had coached both the SEA Games and APG archery teams this year, exclaimed amid the loud music, “This place is so young and casual! It’s amazing – something different for all of us!”
SportSG CEO Mr Lim Teck Yin (second from right), poses for a shot with Silat head coach Sheik Alau'ddin (second from left) and Silat coaches. Photo: SportSG
“Coaches are not always these strict trainers – they have a life and they need to relax too,” concurred silat head coach Sheik Alau’ddin.
Apart from catching up and enjoying the dinner reception, the coaches were also given specially designed medallions, and Singapore Sports Institute chief Toh Boon Yi unveiled the new “TeamSG Coach” branding, which all coaches would “proudly adorn at future competitions”, according to him.
SportSG CEO Mr Lim Teck Yin in his address to coaches in attendance at the event. Photo: SportSG
SportSG Chief Executive Officer Lim Teck Yin, CoachSG director Troy Engle, and Sheik – a three-time Singapore Sports Award Coach of the Year recipient – also addressed those in attendance, reaffirming their organisations’ support for the nation’s coaches.
“By appreciating them for what they’ve done, it means that others are with them, telling them, ‘Hey, you’re not walking alone. We’re giving you all the support too.’,” Sheik pointed out.
Archery coach Rachel Sng all smiles upon receiving her medallion from SportSG CEO Mr Lim Teck Yin. Photo: SportSG
Beyond the fun and medallions, the event certainly marked a concerted effort and continued commitment by CoachSG and the coaches themselves to develop the coaching scene in Singapore.
Revealing his thoughts on the evening’s programme, TeamSG sailor and sailing coach Colin Cheng mused: “Greater recognition is always a good thing. Yet, there should be an innate motivation to coach. For me, the medallions aren’t the reason why I coach. But we need to build a community and culture that rewards and supports people who contribute to the sport.”
Mr Toh Boon Yi, Chief, Singapore Sport Institute, shares his thoughts and vision for helping to further develop coaches in Singapore. Photo: SportSG
Indeed, with CoachSG’s launch in May this year, SportSG will be ramping up their efforts in support not just of our TeamSG coaches, but also coaches at various levels across Singapore’s sports scene, in a bid to help the nation remain competitive in today’s evolving sporting landscape.
Toh explained: “Coaches are strategic multipliers in our efforts to inspire future generations to transform Singaporeans to live better through sport. The key point here is that we need top coaches at every level. We don’t define the quality of the coaches by the level that they’re coaching at. We need world-class coaches at the community level, in schools, at the youth levels, as well as at the senior levels.”
SportSG CEO Mr Lim Teck Yin (centre), with Sailing Coaches. Photo: SportSG
Speaking to the coaches, he said: “We will continue to support your coaching practice, facilitate your learning needs, and lobby for greater recognition for coaches and good coaching.”
Buffet spread at the Coaches Appreciation Night. Photo: SportSG
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